David Kimaiyo, Kenyan Inspector General of Police. COURTESY PHOTO
June 6, 2015
by Kasembeli Albert | Radio MW Africa UK
Anxiety has gripped the Kenyan corridors of power and the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) after it emerged that Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has infiltrated the Kenya police service and established a unit within, which pays allegiance to NISS and executes orders from Addis Ababa.
Security pundits consider this an act of treason on the part of Kenya police officers involved.
Despite notification from the Kenya spy-master – National Security Intelligence Services (NSIS), sources intimated to The Sunday Express that nothing had been done to avert the lurking threat to the national security by such infiltration by a foreign agency.
A group of Eritrean refugees walk along a railway line into central Calais
June 6, 2015
Isil militants believed to have kidnapped 86 Eritrean refugees from a smugglers’ caravan in western Libya
Militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) are believed to have kidnapped 86 Eritrean refugees from a smugglers’ caravan in western Libya.
The militants struck at dawn on Wednesday morning, stopping the vehicle before separating Christian refugees from their Muslim counterparts, according to Meron Estafanos, the co-founder of the Stockholm-based International Commission on Eritrean Refugees.
Many of the refugees – among them 12 women – were forced to lie about their faith. Those who claimed to be Muslim were grilled on their knowledge of the Koran, as well as their prayer habits.
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) | Press Release
As expected, the incumbent TPLF/EPRDF ruling party in Ethiopia won last week’s fifth national Elections. As expected the ruling party won 100 per cent of the votes. The final results are still being awaited as how much of the so far not announced 125 seats the ruling party will allot to the opposition parties. There were no inflated expectations and illusions on the part of the opposition parties. As usual, the opposition parties are saying they will not accept the final results. All seem to be as ‘ usual as every five years’. ‘Business as usual’. But let us add just for the time being. Because everybody is waiting for things will not be the same as usual. This time, it will not be ‘business as usual’. Let there be no ambiguity about it.
According to the National Election Board of Ethiopia, the result of last week’s national election is that the EPRDF has achieved a complete victory by grabbing all the parliamentary seats. The same board and the Woyanne government qualified the result as a triumph of democracy, which leads one to assume that in today’s Ethiopia the progress of democracy is measured by the size of exclusion of opposition parties from parliamentary participation. In 1995, the process granted 75 seats to various opposition parties, then it evolved to one representative in 2010, until it reaches the present stage of advanced democracy with zero representative from the opposition. Bravo to the EPRDF! Be it noted that this novel interpretation of democracy seems to be endorsed
Many Punjab farmers who went to Africa and Georgia in search of greener pastures are returning home
by Akshat Kaushal
Baljinder Singh, a farmer dressed in a crisp white shirt and trousers, clutches the latest iPhone in his hand, drives a new Maruti Suzuki Swift and agrees to meet me not under the shade of a tree in his farm, but in the air-conditioned lobby of an Amritsar hotel. The corporate air is in sync with his latest plan: a milk distribution business across Punjab.
It’s only when you mention Africa and Georgia that his confidence begins to waver.
Like hundreds of farmers from the state, Baljinder had gone abroad
The current TPLF government failed to solve Ethiopia’s chronic problems for the last 24 years. Except for the TPLF’s cadres and supporters, there is a wide consensus that TPLF should be replaced for the following reasons (much has been discussed and written about this, and I will not go into any details)
1. TPLF shows repeatedly that it cares more about its survival, rather than the national interest and Ethiopians survival and wellbeing
2. In its recent history, Ethiopia is more fragmented now than ever on ethnic lines. On the National Election Board of Ethiopia website, there are 23 nation-wide parties, but there are 53 regional parties -TPLF created Kilil on ethnic based lines, that along with its constitution that guaranty secession-can lead to the breakdown of the country
3. In its current form Kilil stops the free movement of people to leave and work in any area of the country unless they speak the local languages
An article Smith wrote in May 1983 appeared to defend the kidnapping of 10 westerners by the Tigrayan Peoples’ Liberation Front as a way to get publicity.
By 1986, Smith was a development consultant for the Relief Society of Tigray, a province of northern Ethiopia. She later joined The Development Group for Alternative Policies, a non-profit organization devoted to development.
Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development: Who Is Gayle Smith?
According to the National Election Board of Ethiopia, the result of last week’s national election is that the EPRDF has achieved a complete victory by grabbing all the parliamentary seats. The same board and the Woyanne government qualified the result as a triumph of democracy, which leads one to assume that in today’s Ethiopia the progress of democracy is measured by the size of exclusion of opposition parties from parliamentary participation. In 1995, the process granted 75 seats to various opposition parties, then it evolved to one representative in 2010, until it reaches the present stage of advanced democracy with zero representative from the opposition. Bravo to the EPRDF! Be it noted that this novel interpretation of democracy
Let me from the out-set make clear that the very purpose of this comment of mine is to express my genuine concern about the question of how we are willing and able to deal with the shame on us and move forward from now on. When I say from now on, I am referring to this “election” which is of course the very outcome of a well- orchestrated dirty political game by the ruling elites of TPLF right after the 2005 election. When I say shame on us, I am referring to the political culture of trying to deal with and solve the political challenge that keeps going worse with doing the same old way of doing politics.
Sadly enough, after a quarter of a century and five not just fake but terribly tragic elections, we once again found ourselves not only
On May 27, 2015, the Associated Pressreportedthat “early results” of ballot counts showed the ruling Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (T-TPLF) had won 100 percent of 442 parliamentary seats.
On May 27, 2015, the U.S. State Department issued a press Statement on the Ethiopian “election”:
The United States commends the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation in generally peaceful parliamentary and regional elections on May 24… We encourage all candidates, political parties and their supporters to resolve any outstanding differences or concerns peacefully in accordance with Ethiopia’s constitution and laws.